Microgrid Knowledge Events Calendar

Here you will find a comprehensive list of events that are focused on microgrids. List your microgrid event here. Send the details to: Kevin@MicrogridKnowledge.com.

  • Tue
    16
    May
    2017
    Wed
    17
    May
    2017
    *AMWashington, D.C.

     

    The 4th edition of this in-depth Forum zeros in on refining the value proposition and business case for microgrids in North America, integration with the larger grid, and case studies of grid-tied and off-grid projects and pilots to date.  The emphasis is on the current challenges and opportunities for microgrids in the North American marketplace.

    Presenting organizations include: EDF Renewable Energy, CPS Energy, Duke Energy, Pepco Holdings, FERC, Microgrid Institute, Smart Grid Consortium, New York ISO,

    Navigant, Blue Pillar, Sunverge Energy, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Schneider Electric, S&C Electric, and many others

    For full information and to register, visit www.microgridinnovation.com

  • Sun
    21
    May
    2017
    Tue
    23
    May
    2017
    8:00 amFairmont Chicago Chicago, IL

    Energy Efficiency Finance Forum Overview

    For over a decade, the Energy Efficiency Finance Forum has brought together practitioners, researchers, energy producers, and consumers to explore innovative models for deploying capital in efficiency markets. Finance Forum participants have a great opportunity to learn about which models are working and why, and to source financing deals for efficiency projects.

    Likely Participants: Clean-tech and energy efficiency investors; financiers; real estate professionals; CDFIs and other mission-driven lenders; entrepreneurs; utility staff; local, state, and federal agency personnel; energy service company personnel; policymakers; NGOs; energy efficiency program planners, operators, and evaluators; and marketing experts.

    To learn more click here.

  • Tue
    06
    Jun
    2017
    Thu
    08
    Jun
    2017
    8:00 amSan Diego CA

    Rapid advances in energy technology are challenging traditional utility business models, but also putting a new array of strategies, platforms and solutions in their hands. The need to manage the ever-growing volume and variability of solar at “grid-edge” is being met with a proliferation of new options for shifting and reducing loads, as well as ancillary services like frequency regulations. Mechanisms range from Automated Demand Response, to Virtual Power Plants, to grid-controlled substation and distributed behind-the-meter storage, to microgrids and avant-garde concepts like “transactive energy.” Dozens of new third party aggregator platforms and business models are arising targeting this segment.

    This explosion of options is happening fast, in some cases explicitly driven by policy mandates (New York, California and Hawaii most notably). Larger IOUs and munis in these states are actively grappling with the new “toolkit”, but beyond their bounds this is a new territory for utility planners and engineers on the retail/customer/distribution grid side. As solar, and next storage, prices continue to fall, developing skills and resources for handling the higher variability will become ever more critical.This tutorial will provide a thorough survey of the gamut of options available now and in development. Top grid consultants and CTOs from platform third party “energy service” providers will explain how these novel business models and mechanisms are working today, and how they can best be leveraged going forward. The tutorial will provide a basic grounding for junior staff and executives and planners who are looking at the future resource and business strategy needs of utilities in a time of rapid change. The tutorial will also provide invaluable education for new entrants in the distributed grid segment, for new hires at solar, storage and DR companies, and anyone planning to develop or market new “clean energy service” products or platforms.

    Who Should Attend:

    * Utilities – Mid- (Directors and Managers) and Junior-level staff in Environmental Policy, Strategy & Innovation, Technology, Resource Planning, Distribution Grid, Grid Engineering, Demand Response, Markets & Customer Service departments; new hires, trainees.

    * Solution Providers/Equipment Suppliers – (Startups, Third Party Aggregators, Enterprise Utility Software, Global IT/Internet/Telecomm brands, Grid components and management tools, Communications & Control, Demand Response, Solar, Storage, Microgrids, Smart Home…): VP / Director of Market & Business development, Policy, Research, Government Affairs

    * Solar and renewable energy developers and installers, in particular ones moving into energy-as-a-service business models and leveraging smart inverters

    * Environmental advocacy and renewables/cleantech-related associations

    * Technology and grid engineering researchers at national Labs, thinktanks, research institutes, universities

    * Energy industry consultants, analysts

  • Wed
    07
    Jun
    2017
    Fri
    09
    Jun
    2017
    8:00 amLOEWS Chicago Hotel

    The Beginnings of Great Ideas

    Great ideas are the result of creativity, collaboration, and looking at a problem from an entirely new perspective. They are not limited by the boundaries of industry, and they are what move us to action, progress, and innovation. That’s why SEL created the Modern Solutions Power Systems Conference (MSPSC).

    Whether you work in transmission, distribution, generation, planning, or regulation, your work both affects and depends on others—it’s crucial to have open communication between industries to generate and share ideas.

    MSPSC is the conference that pushes you to think broader, think forward, and think differently about today’s critical issues affecting modern power systems. That’s what sets it apart.

    Learn more about this event at: https://selinc.com/mspsc/home/

  • Mon
    12
    Jun
    2017
    Tue
    13
    Jun
    2017
    8:00 amSan Francisco/Silicon Valley 

    To say that new things are happening on the grid might be the understatement of the decade. Despite the new administration’s preference for domestic fossils, progressive states like California and New York are steaming ahead on ambitious visions for electrifying generation and transit, and restructuring the way the distribution grid operates – at all levels – market and rate design, business models, interactions between utilities and third party aggregators, standards, and physical assets.

    Behind these developments there is a complex matrix of policy drivers and design factors and economics, which, while differing somewhat between California, New York and other states with either strong carbon policies and/or heavy rooftop PV uptake, have much in common.This day and a half tutorial, instructed by active state policy makers, consultants close to the policy-making process, and influential institutes, think tanks and environmental NGOs, will provide a much-needed deep-dive for a wide variety of participants, from new startups and suppliers, to policy makers from other states, to junior staff, trainees and new hires, who need to get up to speed as fast as possible, to make sure their strategies are a fit to where these states are headed, with others following in their lead.The opportunity for questions and interactive dialog will allow participants with expertise in specific areas to share their knowledge, and explore perspectives from other state jurisdictions. The specific list of topics will be tailored to reflect the interests and makeup of the enrolled participants, based on a survey 2 weeks prior to program start date.  REV topics of general interest that are expected to be covered include:

    • a clear understanding of the historical backdrop to current policy landscape, relative contributions of state environmental policies
    • Interconnection, Hosting Capacity, Planning, Benefit Cost Analysis, Data-Sharing, Demonstration Projects, Rate Reform and Utility Incentives, ISO Interface
    • how regulated utilities are responding
    • emerging business models (Automated Demand Response, Virtual Power Plants, microgrids, ancillary services, selling aggregated assets into wholesale markets, etc)
    • highlight case studies, pilot projects, test beds, initiatives
    • relevant policies at CAISO and FERC around access to interstate/wholesale markets
    • if possible (specially for California): overview of where CARB monies are going for early stage funding, pilot assistance

    Who Should Attend:

    • Utilities – Mid- (VP, Directors and Managers) and Junior-level staff in Policy, Government Affairs, Resource Planning, Distribution Grid, Grid Engineering, Markets & Customer Service departments; new hires, trainees.
    • Solution Providers/Equipment Suppliers – (Startups, Third Party Aggregators, Enterprise Utility Software, Global IT/Internet/Telecomm brands, Grid components and management tools, Communications & Control, Demand Response, Solar, Storage, Microgrids, Smart Home…): VP / Director of Market & Business development, Policy, Research, Government Affairs
    • Policy-makers from state corporate commissions, state energy agencies and state-ponsored research institutes, legislative analysts on Energy /Natural Resource committees
    • Environmental advocacy and renewables/cleantech-related associations
    • National Labs, thinktanks, research institutes, universities
    • Energy industry consultants and lawyers.

    Register now:  http://strattonreport.com/event/utility-of-the-future/

  • Thu
    15
    Jun
    2017
    Fri
    16
    Jun
    2017
    8:00 amAlbany NY 

    To say that new things are happening on the grid might be the understatement of the decade. Despite the new administration’s preference for domestic fossils, progressive states like California and New York are steaming ahead on ambitious visions for electrifying generation and transit, and restructuring the way the distribution grid operates – at all levels – market and rate design, business models, interactions between utilities and third party aggregators, standards, and physical assets.

    Behind these developments there is a complex matrix of policy drivers and design factors and economics, which, while differing somewhat between California, New York and other states with either strong carbon policies and/or heavy rooftop PV uptake, have much in common.This day and a half tutorial, instructed by active state policy makers, consultants close to the policy-making process, and influential institutes, think tanks and environmental NGOs, will provide a much-needed deep-dive for a wide variety of participants, from new startups and suppliers, to policy makers from other states, to junior staff, trainees and new hires, who need to get up to speed as fast as possible, to make sure their strategies are a fit to where these states are headed, with others following in their lead.The opportunity for questions and interactive dialog will allow participants with expertise in specific areas to share their knowledge, and explore perspectives from other state jurisdictions. The specific list of topics will be tailored to reflect the interests and makeup of the enrolled participants, based on a survey 2 weeks prior to program start date.  REV topics of general interest that are expected to be covered include:

    • a clear understanding of the historical backdrop to current policy landscape, relative contributions of state environmental policies
    • Interconnection, Hosting Capacity, Planning, Benefit Cost Analysis, Data-Sharing, Demonstration Projects, Rate Reform and Utility Incentives, ISO Interface
    • how regulated utilities are responding
    • emerging business models (Automated Demand Response, Virtual Power Plants, microgrids, ancillary services, selling aggregated assets into wholesale markets, etc)
    • highlight case studies, pilot projects, test beds, initiatives
    • relevant policies at CAISO and FERC around access to interstate/wholesale markets
    • if possible (specially for California): overview of where CARB monies are going for early stage funding, pilot assistance

    Who Should Attend:

    • Utilities – Mid- (VP, Directors and Managers) and Junior-level staff in Policy, Government Affairs, Resource Planning, Distribution Grid, Grid Engineering, Markets & Customer Service departments; new hires, trainees.
    • Solution Providers/Equipment Suppliers – (Startups, Third Party Aggregators, Enterprise Utility Software, Global IT/Internet/Telecomm brands, Grid components and management tools, Communications & Control, Demand Response, Solar, Storage, Microgrids, Smart Home…): VP / Director of Market & Business development, Policy, Research, Government Affairs
    • Policy-makers from state corporate commissions, state energy agencies and state-ponsored research institutes, legislative analysts on Energy /Natural Resource committees
    • Environmental advocacy and renewables/cleantech-related associations
    • National Labs, thinktanks, research institutes, universities
    • Energy industry consultants and lawyers.

    Register now:  http://strattonreport.com/event/utility-of-the-future/